Afro 70


[The mighty band Afro 70 in performance in Dar es Salaam, 1970s]


2pm – Liberation Dance: Toyi-Toyi & Struggle Songs
An ongoing exploration of struggle music – literally, music produced by and through the movements and people involved in Africa’s liberation struggle, rather than about it. “Struggle Music” is also a misnomer, it designates collective expression which, although musical, refuses to be “music” – or the process of individuation that produces it. It helps us demarcate from what is customarily called “protest music” – which, at times, may be used to silence protest, or, as our comrade Harmony Holiday sweetly put it, “harmonise with the state”.

4pm – Afro 70
A musical composition in song and in people, Afro 70 whose members form a harmonious collective of southern Africa and Tanzanian song. Apart from generating an afrique salon of sound Afro 70 aligned their movements consciously, choosing political lyrics which display strong anti-colonial sentiment. Whilst the band members moved in an underground of their own, paving connections between music and political agenda.

5pm – Radio USARF: Youth Politics
In a riveting extension of the conversation of Dar’s political atmosphere in and before the time of ‘independence’. We delve into youth resistance, the students on the hill and anti-colonial rebellion with the University Students’ African Revolutionary Front (USARF).

7pm – Rebecca Corey & Guests
Reversing technology and taking us back, Rebecca brings her reel-to-reel into studio providing a unique sonic experience. Both for our ears and our minds with a touch on the music history in Dar and the oh so many facets it encumbered in conversation with musician and producer John Kitime.

[live crossover to Freies Radio (Kassel, Germany) from 4pm to 7pm CET]

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LIBERATION RADIO: DAR ES SALAAM – 10th-14th August 2022

From 10 – 14 August 2022, we presented another edition of “Liberation Radio”, an ongoing research conducted primarily through broadcasting practice, on cultural initiatives by and through liberation movements operating in the city-studios of Cairo, Accra, Conakry, Algiers, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and more. After Cairo and Harare, we landed the Pan African Space Station (PASS) in Dar es Salaam to listen on themes such as the radical history of the University of Dar es Salaam – including Rodney-mentored study …  ( continue reading

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